English
English Faculty

From award-winning poets and technical writers to novelists and scholars who publish on literature from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, members of the WCU English faculty have practiced the art of writing in both professional and academic settings. They bring a wealth of scholastic, corporate, and organizational experiences to the classroom and encourage students to think critically, communicate effectively, and make the connection between their studies and their professional aspirations.

Faculty Member

Degree & Position

Areas of Speciality

Laura Wright

Ph.D.; Associate Professor; Department Head Postcolonial Lit; Gender Studies
Mary Adams Ph.D.; Associate Professor Biblical & 17th C Lit; Creative Writing (Poetry); Professional Writing
Jim Addison Ph.D.; Professor, retired Fairy Tale; James Joyce; Southern Novel
Marsha Lee Baker Ph.D.; Associate Professor Rhetoric & Composition; Peace and Nonviolence Studies
Michael Boatright  Ph.D.; Assistant Professor  English Education 
Margaret Bruder Ph.D.; Lecturer Comparative Literature; Film Studies; American Studies
Erin Callahan-Price Ph.D.; Assistant Professor Linguistics
Catherine Carter Ph.D.; Associate Professor, Director of English Education English Education; Creative Writing (Poetry); American Lit
Melanie Cattrell Ph.D.; Lecturer  Composition; American Studies; Literature
Mae Claxton Ph.D.; Associate Professor Southern Lit; Appalachian Lit; American Lit
Emily Darnell  M.A.; Lecturer  Composition 
Annette Debo Ph.D.; Professor, Graduate Program Director Lit Theory; Modernism; African American Lit; Women's Lit
Robert Donnellan M.A.; Adjunct Rhetoric & Composition
Pam Duncan M.A.; Assistant Professor, Director of Spring Literary Festival Creative Writing (Fiction)
Deidre Elliott M.F.A.; Associate Professor, Director of Professional Writing Program Creative Writing (Non-Fiction); Eco-Lit; Latino Lit
Mimi Fenton Ph.D.; Professor; Dean of Graduate School Milton; Early Modern British Lit

Brian Gastle

Ph.D.; Professor  Medieval Literature; Business/Tech Writing 
Jennifer Harris M.A.; Lecturer Composition
Elizabeth Heffelfinger Ph.D.; Associate Professor, Director of Motion Picture Studies Film Studies; Post-WWII Lit & Culture; Media & Cultural Studies
Beth Huber Ph.D.; Assistant Professor Rhetorical Theory; Composition Theory; Political Rhetoric
Brent Kinser Ph.D.; Associate Professor, Director of Literature Program

19th C Lit (Trans-Atlantic); Digital Humanities

Nate Kreuter Ph.D.; Assistant Professor, Director of Writing/Rhetoric/Critical Studies Rhetoric & Composition
Diane Martinez  Ph.D.; Assistant Professor  Technical Writing 
Rain Newcomb M.A.; Lecturer Compositon
Eleanor Petrone Ph.D.; Assistant Professor, Director of TESOL Program TESOL 
Brian Railsback Ph.D.; Dean of the Honors College Steinbeck; Creative Writing (fiction); American Lit
Ron Rash M.A.; Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies Creative Writing (Fiction & Poetry)
Brad Reisinger M.A.; Lecturer Composition
Laura Samal Ph.D.; Lecturer Composition
Sandra Saunders Ph.D.; Visiting Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies 19th C British Lit; Liberal Studies
Andrew Virtue Ph.D.; Assistant Professor Philosophy, Rhetoric; Scientific & Technical Communication
Emily Virtue M.A.; Adjunct English Literature; Writing
Shara Whitford M.A.; Lecturer Composition
Alan Wray M.A.; Lecturer Rhetoric & Composition
     
Administrative Staff
Pam Pittman Administrative Support Associate (part time)  
Sherri Roper Administrative Support Associate  
     
 Emeriti Faculty
 Elizabeth Addison    
 James E. Byer    
 R. Stephen Eberly    
 Harold Farwell    
William R. Higgins    
M. Marilyn Jody    
Nancy Joyner    
Joseph Meigs    
Gayle Miller    
Terry Neinhuis    
J. Karl Nicholas    
James R. Nicholl    
Newton Smith    
 

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